“>:start Source: Fonterra – Statement


Fonterra Australia will invest NZ$141 million in building a state-of-the-art cheese plant at its Stanhope factory. The new facility will replace the hard cheese plant, which was destroyed by fire in December 2014, with a larger, modern facility that will produce cheeses for Australian consumer, foodservice and export markets.


Fonterra Oceania Managing Director Judith Swales says investing in the new plant will help Fonterra to deliver on its multi-hub strategy to get the maximum value out of every drop of milk and drive increased returns from the business.


“Today’s announcement is strategy in action, where we are delivering on our strategic plan to transform our Australian business and return it to strong and sustainable profitability.


We are focusing on areas where we can win in a highly competitive market, and that means optimising our product mix and investing in higher value add products that will deliver the best returns for our farmer shareholders. Rebuilding and expanding our Stanhope cheese plant is key to this.


“The new state-of-the-art facility will be able to produce 45,000MT of cheeses each year including parmesan, gouda and mozzarella, an increase of 15,000MT on the previous plant.


“As the branded market leader in the A$1.95 billion retail cheese category, with Bega, Mainland and Perfect Italiano commanding 23 per cent market share, the new plant will supply our Australian consumer and foodservice businesses, and export markets.


“It will leverage our footprint in 100 markets and also the recent free trade agreements with China, Japan, and Korea.


“The new cheese plant is an important part of our multi-hub strategy, which sees our Australian business play to its ingredients strengths in cheese, whey and nutritionals complemented by our consumer and foodservice businesses. It will provide whey to our Darnum and Dennington plants, which are at the core of our growing Australian nutritionals business.


”Importantly, the new plant will require significant growth of the local milk pool by 2020, and demonstrates Fonterra’s commitment to growing the industry long term. It means our local farmers can be assured of the future of dairy in northern Victoria,” said Ms Swales.


The multi-million dollar project will secure the future of the site and generate up to 30 jobs and is being supported by the Victorian Government through its Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.


“We acknowledge and thank the Victorian Government for their support of this project, which will help secure Stanhope’s future as a world-class producer of cheese,” says Ms Swales.


Speaking at the unveiling of the plans, Victoria’s Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Jaala Pulford said Fonterra’s investment demonstrated its confidence in the future of Australian dairy.


“Fonterra’s significant investment in their Stanhope facility is a major vote of confidence in Victoria’s dairy industry and confirms regional Victoria’s reputation as a great place to do business.” 


Construction of the new plant will begin next year, and is expected to be completed in 2017.



Click here to watch a video and learn more about Fonterra’s operations in Australia.


Click here to download a video of Fonterra Oceania Managing Director Judith Swales speaking about the announcement.


About Fonterra

Fonterra is a global leader in dairy nutrition – the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies. It is also a market leader with its own consumer dairy brands in New Zealand and Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Fonterra is a farmer-owned  co-operative and the largest processor of milk in the world. It is one of the world’s largest investors in dairy research and innovation drawing on generations of dairy expertise to produce more than two million tonnes of dairy ingredients, value added dairy ingredients, specialty ingredients and consumer products for 140 markets.

Al Jazeera English wins Best Documentary Emmy

 Al Jazeera English wins Best Documentary Emmy

Al Jazeera English’s Witness documentary “Miners Shot Down” has won Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards.
The documentary, directed by Rehad Desai, written by Anita Khanna and distributed by Deckert Distribution, explores South Africa’s Marikana massacre of 2012 that left 34 miners dead and more than 100 injured. “Miners Shot Down” highlights the courageous fight waged by a group of miners against combined forces that resulted in violence, police brutality and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre.
“Our Witness documentary strand brings powerful stories to our screens. We are delighted this film, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against more powerful forces, has been awarded with an International Emmy,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English.
Witness is Al Jazeera English’s flagship observational documentary strand dedicated to telling the human stories behind the news headlines. It showcases award-winning and locally produced documentaries to provide context for Al Jazeera’s global news audience. Witness films are known for their intimacy, originality and timelessness, as they give a human face to contemporary social issues.
In June, Witness was honored with One World Media’s Women’s Rights in Africa Award for “Casablanca Calling”.
Following the success of “Miners Shot Down”, Witness has committed to Rehad’s upcoming film about politics in South Africa.
“Miners Shot Down” is available online until December 1st
About Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English is part of the Al Jazeera Network – one of the world’s leading media corporations, encompassing news, documentary and sport channels. Al Jazeera started out more than fifteen years ago as the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to covering and uncovering stories in the region. It is now media network consisting of over twenty channels – Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera Mubasher, Al Jazeera Documentary, the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, and the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.

Charlton Brown named International Training Provider of the Year

Source: BBS Communications Group Headline: Charlton Brown named International Training Provider of the Year > > Leading vocational education and training provider Charlton Brown has been announced as the International Training Provider of the Year at the 2015 Australian Training Awards on 19 November 2015. > > Charlton Brown received the prestigious award in acknowledgement of its innovative approach to improving the design and delivery of community services training to local and international students. > > Director and Vice President, Trevor Ganley said the award recognises Charlton Brown’s outstanding achievement across all aspects of vocational education and training (VET) to full-fee paying international students in Australia. > > “We are both proud and excited to have been announced as Australia’s International Training Provider of the Year, after two previous nominations in 2013 and 2014,” Mr Ganley said. > > “In the last twelve months, we have commenced 235 course enrolments for full-fee paying international students across a range of different sectors, including Early Childhood Education and Care, Aged Care, Disability Care, Community Services and Youth Work and Justice. > > “Our award win highlights Charlton Brown’s continued growth over the past thirty years, having evolved from a nationally-acclaimed Nanny School to an international leader in providing community services training and care for both international and domestic students.” > > Prior to being named International Training Provider of the Year, Charlton Brown was one of three finalists vying for the award. > > Mr Ganley said Charlton Brown’s win was also based on its strategic focus on the international education market, human resource capability, as well as its international partnerships and links. > > “Not only do we specialise in delivering quality vocational education and training in Australia to local and international students, we also provide offshore training programs through its nine transnational education partnerships in four different countries,” Mr Ganley said. > > “While our students reign from 20 different countries, Charlton Brown continues to focus heavily on the South East Asian market, having formed partnerships with reputable training providers in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines. > > “We have recently expanded our training services to include Diploma level training for Business, Leadership and Management; which showcases Charlton Brown’s ongoing growth and commitment to providing both domestic and international students with quality education and training.” > > The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. > > Through showcasing best practice, the Australian Training Awards promote continuous improvement and innovation in the design and delivery of VET which has led to Australia wide awareness and respect for skilled-based careers and skills excellence. > >

Labour MP and Former Cabinet Minister Phil Goff Confirms He Will Campaign For Auckland Mayor

Labour MP and former Cabinet Minister Phil Goff has confirmed he will campaign  as an independent for the Auckland supercity mayoralty.
He indicated it is his intention to remain the MP for Mt Roskill and will resign from Parliament should he be successful in the mayoralty campaign in October 2016.

Phil Goff's speech follows:

For a better Auckland

Thank you all for coming today.

Today I am announcing my candidacy for the Auckland Mayoralty.

I'm standing for Mayor because I believe that together we can create a better Auckland. A city where talent and enterprise can thrive – whether you're a hip-hop artist, a scientist, a tradie or a businessperson. A city where we care about each other, our environment and our way of life. That's the city I want to lead.

I owe a lot to Auckland. I was born in Mt Eden and was raised in Three Kings and Papatoetoe. I studied at Auckland University and taught there and at AUT. I helped pay my way through school and university by working in Otahuhu at Westfield Freezing Works. That was another level of education.

For three decades I have enjoyed the privilege of representing Aucklanders from Mt Roskill and New Lynn in Parliament. I thank them for their support.

Mary and I have raised our three children in this city. Today, all three of them live and work here. Mary and I, and a dog named Belle, live on a small farm in Ardmore. We love Auckland and appreciate all the good things about the city. For us, it's enjoying the countryside, fishing and relaxing at Orere Point, or catching a concert in the city.

Over the years, I have seen Auckland grow and change. It has become more diverse and dynamic. As the city has grown so too have the opportunities and choice for learning, work and recreation. We are an internationally competitive city and the best chance New Zealand has to attract and keep talented people in this country.

A million Kiwis live overseas on a long-term basis. On average, about 50,000 of our best and brightest people leave every year. Auckland is the place that can attract those Kiwis back here to live and raise their families.

The late scientist and entrepreneur Sir Paul Callaghan talked of making New Zealand a place where talent wanted to live. He got it absolutely right.

My vision is of Auckland unleashing itself as a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial city. It should be a centre of learning and a centre of culture. A city rich in diversity and proud of its Maori, Pasifika, European, Asian and other heritage. A place that attracts and nurtures talent and enterprise. As we grow, we must be a city where trade and investment can thrive. Where business is easy to do.

This is a city that should be producing more high-tech, high-paid jobs. New Zealand is 6th in the world in publishing high-tech research reports. But it's only 63rd in high-tech manufacturing output. We need measures to promote R&D investment and venture capital to translate good ideas into successful and job creating export enterprises.

We want more places like the Media Design School which is the number one ranked 3D animation, visual effects and game development school in the Asia Pacific Region. Or Auckland University's Power Electronics Group which has produced world leading technology for charging electric cars by induction.

There's a lot to attract good people and good enterprises to Auckland. We have a beautiful natural environment, framed by our spectacular coastline, harbours, our maunga, islands and regional parks. Those are assets that must be respected and protected for generations to come.

We need to make Auckland a place where our urban environment and lifestyle matches the quality of our natural environment. Good urban design and protecting our green open spaces is vital as the city intensifies.

We must be an inclusive city. Where diversity brings richness not division. A place where people don't have to live in gated communities with poverty and homelessness on their doorstep. Where people can earn an income they can actually live on. A place where every Aucklander can reach their full potential.

To realise this vision, we must confront the challenges head-on. While we have made progress, we have also missed valuable opportunities. Mayor Robbie was right all those years ago. We needed to anticipate the future and plan for it. Instead, too often, we have responded after the event and continue to do so.

Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. Our roads are congested. Without the investment we need, the gridlock will just get worse, causing even more frustration, pollution and lost productivity.

We need to do more than just finish the motorway network. We need to get on with the city rail link to double passenger capacity and deal with congestion at Britomart. We need light rail on the isthmus, in the East and out to the airport. We need more busways like the Northern Expressway. We need greater ability for people to walk and to cycle safely to school and work. That's how kids used to get to school.

Funding for this infrastructure can't just come out of rates. Auckland pays its fair share and will continue to do so. But the Government must also provide funding to meet the needs of growth. After all, a large portion of the Government's revenue comes from taxes paid by Aucklanders. It must bring the funding forward to anticipate future needs rather than waiting until gridlock paralyses this city.

This is an investment that will pay dividends to all of New Zealand in the future. Auckland must succeed for New Zealand to succeed.

It'll be my job as Mayor to make sure that message gets through.

It's the same for housing. Median house prices in Auckland have gone up by over $180,000 in the last year. The Kiwi dream of owning your own home is slipping out of the reach of more and more Aucklanders. We are now in the world's top ten least affordable cities.

There are ways to bring supply and demand in housing back into balance and Auckland should be strongly advocating for those solutions. Policies that give the building industry confidence and certainty to gear up for construction. Policies that put home buyers ahead of speculators. More intensive housing in the city and along arterial routes is needed. But that must be balanced by good urban design, plenty of public open space and protection for areas of high heritage value.

We need to enhance and sustain our environment. We should be opening up our harbours to people, not extending the port further into the Waitemata to create parking spaces for imported cars. We have to address pollution, silting in the Gulf and harbours and protect our access to recreational fishing. We need an urban forestry programme to green our city.

Last but absolutely not least, for Auckland to succeed, it must operate effectively and efficiently. The Super City was supposed to eliminate bureaucratic duplication and waste. It's fallen short of that target.

Council spent half a million dollars on two reports released last week saying we should privatise our strategic assets. That was a waste. Aucklanders don't want that. Privatising Watercare would double water charges to Aucklanders. I won't let that happen.

Under my leadership, we will be fiscally prudent. We will learn to do more with less. Rate increases have to be brought under control and offset by cutting waste and finding savings.

We need to put our own house in order and make Auckland New Zealand's best performing city. When we do that, we are in a stronger position to leverage Government resources to meet the needs created by rapid growth.

As Mayor, I will bring new leadership, energy, integrity, and commitment.

Auckland needs someone with skills and political experience. Thirty years as an MP and Cabinet Minister has given me a unique set of skills. I've led teams of diverse people and led large organisations tackling complex issues on tight budgets.

I know how central government works and what it takes to make it responsive to our needs. I don't pretend to have all the answers – no one does. But I have a record of sound judgement and doing the job I am entrusted with.

I am running as an Independent. I want to bring an inclusive approach to the Mayoralty and forge a team that works well together for the benefit of this city.

The solutions to our city's problems are not ideological. They must be evidence-driven. I will work with any Government, National or Labour led, to get the best deal for Auckland. The interests of the city and its people will come first. And I will be their fiercest advocate.

Above all, I want to lead a council that remembers that it is a public, democratic and transparent institution – and accountable to Aucklanders.

It is still 10 months before Aucklanders cast their votes. Today is about announcing my candidacy, not launching my campaign. That'll happen much closer to the election when I set out my policy platform.

But in the meantime, know that I understand being Mayor of Auckland is a huge and demanding challenge.

It is also a privilege, a privilege to help to make a difference, and to help to create a better Auckland, so this city is world leading in the quality of life it offers its people.
I'm working for a better Auckland.

A city where talent and enterprise will thrive.

A city that preserves what is good and adapts to meet the challenges of the future.

This city that we call home.
The great city of Auckland.
And today, I ask you to join me.

Thank you.

Al Jazeera English’s ‘UpFront’ – Hamza Yusuf on ISIL: "We need a counter-reformation"

“>:start Al Jazeera English’s ‘UpFront’ – Hamza Yusuf on ISIL:

"We need a counter-reformation"

For Immediate Release
Leading US Islamic scholar, Hamza Yusuf, speaks with Al Jazeera English:  
  • Says ISIL is trying to reform Islam: “We need a counter-reformation. These are the reformists, this is the fruit of reformation.”
  • Believes Muslims in the US don’t support ISIL: “I think the vast majority of American Muslims are very opposed to ISIS.”
  • Argues there’s a “double standard” with how the terrorist label is applied in the US.

(Washington D.C. – 20th, November, 2015) – In a wide-ranging and exclusive interview with Al Jazeera English’s flagship current affairs show, ‘UpFront’, the president and co-founder of Zaytuna College, Hamza Yusuf, explained his theory on how ISIL attracts its followers and fighters and what must be done to combat the allure.
“People are frustrated,” Yusuf told 'UpFront' host Mehdi Hasan.
“There are so many egregious wrongs in the Muslim world…If we don’t find healthy vehicles, healthy means by which they can express some type of outrage in a way that's productive…to actually redress some of the wrongs that are out there…there are people, demagogues, and others out there, that will manipulate the emotions of youth.”
Yusuf, who was called “perhaps the West’s most influential Islamic scholar” by New Yorker magazine, was adamant throughout the interview that ISIL does not represent Islam.
Talking about the huge majority of peaceful Muslims, he added “We represent 1.6 billion people and rising. You cannot take these statistically insignificant numbers out there and extrapolate from that that somehow Islam is an evil religion.”
To those who say Islam needs a reformation to prevent it from being used to justify violent actions, Yusuf said, “This is the reformation…We need a counter-reformation. These are the reformists, this is the fruit of reformation.”
One theory Yusuf uses to explain why young men are leaving the West to join ISIL is his “defilement theory of terrorism”. “They go to the West, they sow their wild oats, they get this kind of realisation that they've been tainted, polluted, and then […] they have this born again experience. This is, I think, more common than people realise,” he said.
Yusuf also addressed the double standard of labelling only Muslims as terrorists.
“There are many examples of people doing these things in the United States and they're always classified as mentally ill people, and yet when Muslims do insane things, and many of these things are actually quite insane, they're categorised as terrorists…We have a double standard.”
This interview with Hamza Yusuf will be available online at: from 19.30GMT onwards.


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  • The interview with Hamza Yusuf will be available online at: from 19.30GMT onwards. Please add this link to your online copy if quotes are used.
  • UpFront, hosted by Mehdi Hasan, broadcasts on Friday at 19.30 GMT on Al Jazeera English. 
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UC academic publishes new complete history of Tonga

Source: University of Canterbury – Press Release

Headline: UC academic publishes new complete history of Tonga

Tonga’s most comprehensive history now includes chapters covering the last decade’s shaky transition towards democracy, bringing the island kingdom’s story up to date.

Canterbury University Press (CUP) has published the third edition of Dr Ian Campbell’s Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern. This book has been Tonga’s only comprehensive history since it was first published in 1992.

Author Dr Ian Campbell says it is vital New Zealanders learn more about Tonga and the Pacific. 

“The Pacific is the only part of the world where New Zealand is a great power. We loom over the Pacific Islands the way the United States looms over Central America, and so we have an undue amount of influence over what can happen in the Pacific. That influence needs to be well informed.”

Underpinned by detailed research, photographs and prints, Island Kingdom takes the reader from the first human settlements in Tonga to its dramatic transformation when it converted to Christianity in the mid-19th century, to its more recent social, political and economic changes. 

Island Kingdom is a companion volume to my history of the Pacific, Worlds Apart, where it develops the same themes in the context of a single country,” Dr Campbell says. 

The recently published third edition also revises chapters on Tongan prehistory, due to new archaeological research findings.

CUP publisher Catherine Montgomery says Island Kingdom is an engaging read.    

Dr Campbell’s history of Tonga is highly accessible as well as being comprehensive and authoritative – and that readability is an important part of the book’s enduring appeal.”


Island Kingdom: Tonga  Ancient and Modernby Dr Ian Campbell, published by Canterbury University Press, September 2015, RRP $49.99, 322 pages, softback, ISBN: 978-1-927145-69-2.  


About the author
Dr Ian C. Campbell is an accomplished historian, who spent some early years in Tonga. Educated in Australia at the Universities of New England and Adelaide, he was subsequently on the academic staff of the University of Canterbury for two decades, and was later Professor of History and Politics at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He is the author of numerous academic publications, as well as Worlds Apart (Canterbury University Press, 2011), a general history of the Pacific islands.

Al Jazeera English’s ‘UpFront’ interview with ex-MI6 chief, Richard Barrett

Source: Al Jazeera – Statement

Headline: Al Jazeera English’s ‘UpFront’ interview with ex-MI6 chief, Richard Barrett

For Immediate Release
The former head of counterterrorism for MI6, Richard Barrett, speaks with Al Jazeera English's Mehdi Hasan in the wake of the Paris attacks:

Says France-US anti-ISIL alliance with Russia and Assad isn't a "viable coalition" because "the thing is much more complicated than that.”

  • Argues more bombs will “absolutely not” defeat ISIL and will "make [France] more of a target".
  • Points to "very, very clear link" between the invasion of Iraq and the rise of ISIL
  • Believes the struggle with ISIL will be "generational": "I don’t think it’s going to be defeated any time soon.”

(Washington D.C. – 19th, November, 2015) – In a wide-ranging and exclusive interview with Al Jazeera English’s flagship current affairs show, ‘UpFront’, Richard Barrett, former Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations for MI6, says a potential France-US anti-ISIL alliance with Russia and Assad is a flawed strategy.
“The thing is much more complicated than that,” Barrett told ‘UpFront’ host Mehdi Hasan. “You cannot necessarily bring all the enemies of ISIS together and say, well, that is a viable coalition,” he added.
Barrett, who also served as head of the UN's Monitoring Team on Al Qaeda and the Taliban between 2004 and 2013, believes defeating ISIL will require a war of ideas.
“It is possible to think that you could go in there and you could just knock them out, you could weaken them so much that they would just have to go underground,” he said. “But the idea that ISIL thrives on, the idea behind ISIL, I don’t think’s going to be defeated any time soon at all, that requires much more work and a much longer term, much more generational type struggle.”
According to the former senior MI6 intelligence officer and UN director, the ongoing strategy of continued airstrikes against ISIL forces will “absolutely not” eliminate them. “There’s actually no point in destroying it,” Barrett said, urging a political resolution to the Syrian conflict. “Because even if you managed to destroy the Islamic State with bombs, what’s going to take its place? At the moment, there is nothing to take its place."
The intensification of French air strikes on Raqqa, while understandable from a political perspective and as a response to the Paris attacks, "inevitably… will make [France] probably more of a target, if that’s possible". Air strikes, argued Barrett, are "certainly not going to be something that stops the Islamic State trying to attack in France and whether it will reduce its capability to do so, I’m not sure either."
In the interview, the former MI6 official also suggested that the objective of the Paris attacks was to polarise societies. “The whole point of terrorism I believe, particularly the form we’re seeing in Syria, is to force people off the fence, you have to take sides. You’re either with those people or you're with us. And that polarisation of society is a very important element of the Islamic State strategy,” Barrett told ‘UpFront’.
When asked if the invasion and occupation of Iraq could be linked to the rise of ISIL, Barrett acknowledged: “There’s a very, very clear link.”  For Barrett, "there's a clear linear progression" from Al Qaeda in Iraq to ISIL.
This interview with Richard Barrett will be available online at: 19.30GMT onwards this Friday.

  • Please credit Al Jazeera English and ‘UpFront’ if you plan to use any quotes from this interview with Richard Barrett.
  • This interview with Richard Barrett will be available online at:  from 19.30GMT, Friday 20th November, onwards. Please add this link to your online copy if quotes are used.
  • UpFront, hosted by Mehdi Hasan, broadcasts this Friday 20th at 19.30 GMT. A new series of UpFront will return early in the new year.
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Leading Business Technology Event Reimagined

 Leading Business Technology Event Reimagined

CeBIT Australia reveals new vision

With a new team at the helm, Australia’s largest and longest running business technology event, CeBIT Australia, is open for business; preparing for the 15th annual show in May 2016, and is set to push the business technology frontier – offering more to delegates than ever before.

Bringing together global insights from over 200 luminaries across 11 conferences, the team will bring together 350+ exhibitors covering 16 themes that cater to the needs of government, enterprise, SME and start-up’s. The exhibition will have four new show floor theatres; an awards program vetted by Australia’s leading business technology megaminds; a dedicated conference for StartUps; a brand new, invite-only exclusive VIP program; and a devoted symposium for up-and-coming entrepreneurs called PitchFest.

At the very core of the 2016 show is the vision to deliver an audience driven, content specific event that defines, shapes and propels the business technology landscape in the Asia-Pacific region.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director of Hannover Fairs Australia – organisers of CeBIT Australia – said the team has undergone a major analysis and rethink of its offering and has made major changes to evolve CeBIT Australia into the ‘must-attend’ event for those who wish to take a glimpse into the future of business technologies.

“It was time for change. It was time for us, as a new team, to completely reimagine the show, reposition its value offering to our target audience and ensure what we bring to the expo floor is pushing the business technology frontier.

“We know our target audiences have different needs, therefore we’ve changed the show’s layout and content to offer government, enterprise, SME’s and start-ups with varying, yet distinct, experiences, extending the CeBIT offering to include tailored knowledge, technologies and solutions unique to their situations.

“We’ve also transformed the conference program, inclusive of content and speakers, to show an in-depth understanding of the needs of C-suite employees within enterprises, the buying patterns of the public sector for government employees, the competitive landscape of SMEs and the entrepreneurial spirit of start-ups.

“We know that the business technology industry constantly scours the globe for the latest trends and technologies that will impact their business; so it was imperative to the ongoing success of CeBIT that we deliver this independent and delegate-driven information required by the community, 365 days a year,” said Mr Stockbridge.

CeBIT 365, another new initiative, provides year round content on how to overcome business problems via technology. Interviews with industry experts, white papers, discussion pieces and standalone networking events are available to the 35,000 strong group of professionals engaged as part of CeBIT’s business technology community.

Driving this invigorated approach to engage with key audiences is the ‘CeBIT Standard’, a level of measure that the team at Hannover Fairs Australia follow to develop Australasia’s largest business technology event.

“From the conceptualisation of our new show floor theatres, through to the key exhibitors, expo partners and inspiring line up of keynote and conference speakers, the ‘CeBIT Standard’ is our guiding light and driving force. It defines the future focus of CeBIT as a forward-looking connected community.

“Does it show leadership? Does it showcase the best technologies? Is it independent? Can people trust the message? Is it innovative and most importantly does it have the power to be transformative to our business and that of our community? The answer to these is yes, absolutely – CeBIT Australia, now preparing for its 15th year, is well-equipped to tick all the boxes,” concluded Mr Stockbridge.

CeBIT Australia will take place 2-4 May 2016 at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.


About CeBIT Australia:


2 – 4 May 2016, Sydney Olympic Park


CeBIT Australia – shaping the business technology landscape.


CeBIT Australia is the Asia Pacific’s largest and longest running business technology event.


CeBIT is a forward looking connected community – 365 days a year


Business technology developments and innovation wait for no one. That is why CeBIT Australia expands its reach beyond the largest and most interactive three day exhibition and conference in business technology, to connect the movers and shakers, from government, enterprise, SME’s and the start-up community. CeBIT’s variety of knowledge and networking platforms offer possibilities to engage, 365 days a year.


Highly tailored, expertly curated and insightfully harnessed, the power of the CeBIT community is for those who live in a competitive environment and who need to be in the know – everyday.


CeBIT Australia offers an independent network of business technology solutions


CeBIT Australia is transforming the way Australians do business with technology. Offering delegates access to the ASX 200, making the notoriously hard to reach, reachable.


CeBIT 2016 is spearheaded by leaders in the ICT space, to ensure innovation, and cutting-edge solutions are delivered. Not vendor specific, CeBIT Australia offers an unbiased, full look at the industry.


A representation of business solutions through technology


CeBIT Australia is the one-stop-shop for all the latest business technology solutions.


Offering a diverse variety of exhibitors, regardless of business problem, there will be a solution at CeBIT.


CeBIT brings together the comprehensive and future-thinking world of business technology solutions under one roof.


CeBIT Australia showcases the innovation of NSW


CeBIT Australia is creating and ensuing the future of NSW as the desirable destination in which to do business.


Business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and the leading technology companies of the world gather in NSW to immerse themselves in the possibilities of the future of business.

CeBIT Australia helps showcase NSW’s dominant ICT industry and the State’s highly fertile business environment

NSW is Australia’s international ICT capital, accounting for 43% of Australia’s total ICT businesses and 50% of the nation’s telecommunication, computer and information services exports.

NSW is also home to two-thirds of Australia’s technology start-up companies and has the largest expenditure on research and development of any Australian State.


The NSW Government is proud to be the Official Partner of CeBIT Australia 2016.


CeBIT Australia is presented by Deutsche Messe – the world leader in bringing innovative, inspiring and effective business events to high level decision makers. Global Fairs. Global Business.

Al Jazeera wins two ASBU BroadcastPro Awards

Al Jazeera wins two ASBU BroadcastPro Awards

Doha, November 15 – Al Jazeera’s Technology and Operations Division scooped two Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) BroadcastPro Television Awards for 2015, during the award ceremony in Dubai on November 10th, 2015.

The division was awarded “MENA Broadcast Trendsetter” for their innovative approach to re-configuring Al Jazeera’s bureaus around the globe, including state of the art technology for newsgathering and broadcast. 

The second award, “CTO of the Year”, was presented to Mohamed Abuagla, Al Jazeera’s Executive Director for Technology and Operations, for having led the transformation of the Technology and Operations departments after combining them into one division.

Abuagla was also the keynote speaker at the BroadcastPro Summit & Awards annual flagship event where he walked the audience through Al Jazeera’s journey, having moved from the old ways of working on tape to becoming an industry leader.